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The streets are empty, the shops are closed, the sound of quiet.  Nothing seems normal at present; social distancing is the new norm.  Where are the car wash workers?  Where are the nail bar workers?  Where are the women and men trapped in sex slavery?  Where are those being forced to cultivate drugs? Life may… Continue reading

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Women & Exploitation

Today is a global celebration of social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women. International Women’s Day was established in the 1900’s in the wake of growing women’s movements in Europe and the United States that demanded broader voting rights, better pay and shorter working hours. The United Nations officially recognised International Women’s Day in… Continue reading Women & Exploitation

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The Social Injustice that is Human Trafficking

Today on World Social Justice Day and every day of the year, SOHTIS is committed to ‘Closing the Inequalities Gap’ which lead to human trafficking. Social justice is described as equal access to wealth, opportunities and privileges within society. SOHTIS advocates for social justice, as its counterpart- social injustice in the form of poverty, unemployment… Continue reading The Social Injustice that is Human Trafficking

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Igniting Hope

Igniting Hope Kirsty Allan is the newest addition to the SOHTIS Team we are delighted to welcome her.  We asked Kirsty about her involvement in anti-trafficking work and her vision for this new Scottish role. We asked Kirsty Share a little bit of your experience being involved in anti-trafficking work? I have had the most… Continue reading Igniting Hope

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'I‘ve done some volunteering for International Justice Mission (IJM) over the years, (awareness raising, fundraising, supporting their events) which increased my understanding of modern-day slavery abroad. But it was when I met Joy Gillespie, Development Manager with SOHTIS at an IJM event, that my eyes began to open to the slavery going on right here… Continue reading

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Saying No to Slavery in Scotland

On Anti-Slavery Day, take three minutes to watch our video and find out more about human trafficking! It's closer than you think!

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Hiring – Senior Philanthropy Officer

Human trafficking is said to be the greatest human rights issue of our time and is much closer than what most of think.  It is hidden in plain sight and has been identified in every local authority in Scotland.  We believe that everyone deserves to live in freedom with dignity and respect. This new role… Continue reading Hiring – Senior Philanthropy Officer

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‘1687’

In tribute to the Tumbling Lassie, Prestonfield House has specially crafted '1687' a unique and beautiful cocktail.  The Tumbling Lassie was a victim of slavery in Edinburgh in 1687, her story lives on, as sadly does slavery, which is considered by many to be the greatest human rights issue of our time.  Her story is… Continue reading ‘1687’

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Selling Out to Slavery

How many slaves work for you? 400 years ago, global trade depended on transatlantic slavery. Modern Slavery is an ethical epidemic in the 21st-century world too, and it is part of our everyday lives. In Scotland, the greatest number of victims of human trafficking are in forced labour. Our shopping habits and the lack of… Continue reading Selling Out to Slavery

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Announcing the Largest Anti-Slavery Event in Scotland

The Tumbling Lassie is a heart-warming story of the rescue of a young girl from slavery in Edinburgh in 1687.  Despite the Judge in this particular case being recorded as saying, ‘we have no slaves in Scotland’, slavery is still very much present in Edinburgh and across Scotland in 2019.  In fact slavery is now… Continue reading Announcing the Largest Anti-Slavery Event in Scotland